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Eunice man booked with looting burned house

Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:17 AM

EUNICE (AP) — A Eunice man has been arrested for stealing copper wire out of a burned house.

Police say 57-year-old Curley Pitre, Sr. was arrested Monday for looting, which is punishable by more than 15 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

The Advertiser reported the house was heavily damaged by a fire early Christmas Eve and the property was cordoned off with yellow tape to keep trespassers away. Police say a neighbor called later that day to say someone had ignored the barricade and went into the house. When an officer arrived, they found Pitre with wire cutters in hand and several bundles of copper wire.

During questioning, police say Pitre admitted stripping wire from the house to sell.

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